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English Speaker in Strasbourg

by Whitney
(Strasbourg)

I recently relocated to Strasbourg and have had quite a hard time with the transition.


I am looking for resources which would help me socialize more. Anything like wine tastings, cooking classes and even child play groups (as I have an 18-month-old son) preferably resources taught in English or broken English as I do not know French.

I'm also looking for a housekeeper if you know of any. If you could provide me with any resources I would greatly appreciate it!

Best Regards,

Whitney

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Resources for Expats in Alsace
by: Suzele

Hi Whitney

Unfortunately I live on the opposite end in southern Alsace closer to Basel Switzerland so I don't know much about what's going on in Strasbourg locally on a daily basis.

On the other hand, I have been living here for over 10 years now and I can tell you that it gets a lot better...

I remember my first year being not so fun...

Finding other English speakers will make a huge difference for you. Although some people tend to hide out in their little "island of English".

And if you are planning on staying in France for a long time, you might as well go ahead and learn some French so you can do whatever you want.

Of course that's based on my personal mistakes : )

There is a small expat group in Strasbourg called Americans in Alsace. I suspect they allow different nationalities, but I'm not involved in their group, so you will have to check with them.

There are probably other groups for Canadians, Australians, and British expats as well (with Strasbourg being an international city and all...)

I would expect the British group to likely be much bigger (if there is one).

They will know about where to go to get what and they likely will have get togethers on a regular basis for you and your children.

And if you ever make it to Basel (about 1 and a half hours away by train), we have a really big group of English speakers (approx 800 families now) at Centrepoint http://www.centrepoint.ch


Take care of yourself,

Suzele







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New to Strasbourg
by: alex

Hi Whitney

I just moved here as well about two weeks ago and I am an Aussie trying to learn French.

I'm looking for part time work housecleaning or similar if you're interested.

Alex

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Move to Strasbourg
by: Mary Quinn

I have just arrived from Ireland. I am mid fifties with 3 grown up children. I am taking french classes.

My husband landed himself with his dream job hence the reason I am here in Strasbourg. I am interested in meeting people and in finding some part time work.

I am open to offers. My background is retail/buyer. Any help, suggestions, ideas would be most welcome.

Thank you.

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Group
by: Steve

Hi Whitney,

My name is Steve moved here several years ago and met my French partner. We have a 7 year old son together.

I run an Aikido group in Reichstett where I teach in English and in broken French. The group is really friendly and all the French students are very helpful in aiding progression in the French language.

Please feel free to call in. You can find more details at Aikido Dojo Reichstett.

Sincerely,
Steve

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Moving to Strasbourg
by: Anonymous

Hi Whitney,

I am planning to move to Strasbourg in December this year to live with my boyfriend, who is from there.

I am coming over for a week in July and hopefully to see if I can get a head start with job hunting. Would you please be able to share any advice or have any recommendations on where or who I could go to, to find a job?

I will be graduating from university with an Ecology degree also in December and I have 5 years banking experience. I am hoping this will be of benefit to me.

Thank you :)

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Hi everybody!
by: Diana

I am Diana. I am Romanian and I have moved to Strasbourg. I don't speak French so well and I refused to talk with people because of this. Now I realised that life without friends is boring. So now I am looking for friends and why not for work too.

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by: jennifer

I can't tell when these posts were made - but I just moved to Strasbourg at the begining of July 2013.

Also looking to make connections and CDD jobs - could be interested in this house keeping job you advertised about as my CDD with Ikea is soon ending and I am again ln search of employment.


Hope to hear from you soon and hope Strasbourg is treating you well!

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Moving to Strasbourg
by: Anonymous

Dear Whitney,

I am a Ghanaian and I'm moving to Strasbourg with my wife. I speak English and a little French. I'm looking for job for an English speaking can you help?

Thank you

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I'm moving too
by: Maja

Hello everyone, I'm moving in Strasbourg in March 2014. I will be happy to meet some English speaking people as I just started to learn French.
Also am interesting in any ideas, infos about any kind of a job.

Thanks, Maja

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Moving
by: Jules

Hello! I was wondering if anyone has found day labor in Strasbourg to help a person move? I am looking for someone to help with a very simple move (disassembling and assembling a bed frame & moving a couch). Everything else is done, but looking for a handy person for 1 - 2 hours - willing to pay for the time. Any response or information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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I am bored in Strasbourg let's meet each other :)
by: Patrice

Hey people,
I am a student (well I was) in Strasbourg. I am 23 years old from Luxembourg. I live with my girlfriend who is also Luxembourgish and our awesome dog Rala.

It's seems there are a lot of peopel that don't get to know a lot of french people (I speak French fluently and still can't find cool people to hang out with) So if you people are looking into some conversation or just looking for someone to hang out...

Hope to get to know some of you
Patrice

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I want to move to Strasbourg
by: Mihai

Hello,

I'm Mihai, I'm from Eastern Europe and I want to move to Strasbourg this June. I know a little French - took some French courses because in the future I want to move to Canada.

I'm 29 years old and I work as a Software Test Engineer / Automation Engineer. I love French language, French wine, French food, medieval villages and landscape of France and this is the reason I want to move to Alsace.

Can anyone tell me if is it hard to get a job there, either as an engineer or at least a survival job?

Please let me know :D
Best wishes,
Mihai

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Moving to Strasbourg
by: Plain Jane

Hi,

I am having difficulties looking for advice and info on moving to Strasbourg. My husband's been offered a job in Germany near Strasbourg.

We have 3 children: One in primary and 2 in secondary. I have no idea where we should live and it seems so difficult to find advice on family moving there.

Can someone help?

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Looking for playgroups
by: Joanne

Hi,

our small family is visiting Strasbourg and Colmar for a bit of house-hunting. We have a 16mo (will be 17 by the time we're there) this Aug 2014. I'm looking for some fellow moms (or dads) with kids the same age for coffee, chats, park visits, playgroups, classes, etc as i would love to meet some friendly people who live where we may potentially move and playmates for my daughter.
Looking forward to it!

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by: Pantelis

Hi,

I currently work in London and I would like to move in Strasbourg as many of my friends study there and I love that city.

I have two years experience in the finance industry and I cannot find something that suits me and does not require French.

Based on my online research it is almost impossible to get a job without knowing French. I am thinking of going there in order to learn the language first and then get a job in the finance sector.

How many years do you recommend one needs to live there in order to be employable.

Thanks

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Please create your own post
by: Suzele

Hi everyone,

This post is becoming very long and everyone is asking about something different.

Please create your own post.

If you are asking me how to find a job in France, let me tell you...

It's not easy.

France has relatively high unemployment.

If you don't speak French, have experience and an education in your field, you will have trouble finding a job here.

Unless you want to clean houses or something really basic.

I should also add that cleaning woman jobs don't pay enough to live on your own unless you want to live in a rented room and have no social life.

I don't know much about finding a job in France.

Thanks for reading,

Suzele

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